ED and DOJ Provide Guidance on Enrolling Undocumented Students


In a May 8, 2014 press statement, U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder announced updated guidance to assist schools to provide equal access to education for all students regardless of immigration status in accordance with federal law. Initial guidance was issued in 2011 to help schools understand their responsibilities with regard to student enrollment. The updated guidance emphasizes the need for “flexibility” in accepting documents to prove a child’s age and residency. [More]

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Bipartisan Support for Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act


Legislation that Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means introduced on February 14, 2014 provides significant provisions for youth in and out of the foster care system who might fall prey to sex traffickers. On April 29, 2014, the committee did a bill markup with significant bipartisan support and leadership. The legislation has a companion bill in the Senate, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in September 2013. [More]


The Affordable Care Act and Foster Youth


The need for foster youth to have continued Medicaid after leaving the foster care system is tremendous. The Congressional Research Service reported that between 35 and 60 percent of the youth have at least one chronic or acute health condition that requires treatment, 50 to 75 percent have behavioral or social competency issues that require monitoring, and as many as 57 percent of foster care youth have a mental disorder. On average, about 26,000 foster adults ages 18 to 22 leave the foster care system every year with few tools and supports to help them maneuver their lives. [More]


CMS Finalizes FQHC Prospective Payment Rule


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on April 29, 2014 on a new Medicare Part B prospective payment system (PPS) for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). These are 1,240 public and private non-profit organizations that deliver primary and preventive care services at 3,830 sites serving 21 million persons in medically underserved urban, rural, and tribal communities throughout the United States. The rule implements section 10501 of the Affordable Care Act, which authorizes nation-wide encounter-based rates derived from aggregated FQHC cost report data. [More]

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Virgina Governor Signs Mental Health Reform Legislation into Law


On April 28, 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB260 providing for mental health reform. The General Assembly apparently reacted collectively to the unfortunate stabbing of Senator R. Creigh Deeds by a son, afflicted with mental illness, who subsequently committed suicide. The son was supposed to receive institutional care, but no bed was deemed to be available under state requirements. The same General Assembly remains deadlocked over the issue of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. [More]

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White House Releases a Report on Big Data and Privacy


A White House report released on May 1, 2014 presents the findings of a review of big data and privacy initiated by President Obama in January. According to the report, the concept of big data reflects the growing technological ability to capture, aggregate, and process an ever-greater volume, velocity, and variety of data – “a technological phenomenon.” [More]


Google Stops Data-Mining Students’ Email


In an April 30, 2014 blog post, Google announced that it has stopped scanning students’ email messages to extract data for marketing purposes, a practice called “data mining.” Google offers free Gmail accounts to students as part of its Apps for Education cloud computing services provided to schools. According to court documents filed by Google in response to a California lawsuit, Gmail automatically scans the content of email messages sent to and from Gmail users’ accounts for several purposes including “serving advertisements that are targeted to the content of the Gmail users’ emails.” [More]

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SAMHSA Releases “Now is the Time” Healthy Transitions (HT) Grant


Federal grants are important funding opportunities for states/tribes/and territories to secure funding to develop innovative ways to achieve outcomes for the identified target group. SAMHSA has released the grant opportunity “Now is the Time” Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with, or at Risk for, Serious Mental Health Conditions”. The purpose of the funding is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16-25 that either have, or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition. These individuals are at high risk of developing mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders, and are at high risk for suicide. [More]

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Commonwealth Fund Releases Case Studies on Regional Health Improvement


The Commonwealth Fund has released an April 17, 2014 report entitled, “Opportunities for Regional Health Improvement: Three Case Studies of Local Health Care System Performance.” The Fund has used 43 performance indicators measuring access to care, prevention and treatment, efficient service utilization, and population health outcomes, which it has applied to 306 geographic regions in the United States. The April 17 report examines three regions that ranked in the top quartile on the Fund’s scorecard despite local socioeconomic challenges: western New York, west central Michigan, and southern Arizona. [More]

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ED Starts the 2014 i3 Scale-Up and Validation Competitions


On April 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation categories; the Development category was announced in March. The purpose of the i3 competition is to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college and careers. School districts and nonprofit organizations in partnership with districts or school are eligible to compete for the i3 grants. [More]

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